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U.S. soldier pleads guilty to aiding terrorists

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014 6:15 AM
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BALTIMORE - A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military is scheduled to plead guilty in connection with the case.

Craig Baxam of Laurel, Md., was arrested in Kenya in late 2011. Prosecutors say he was on his way to neighboring Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab. He was ultimately charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the group.

Last week, prosecutors filed a court document signaling Baxam will plead guilty Monday to obstruction of justice, destroying records "in contemplation of a federal investigation." The document doesn't say what will happen with the terrorism charge, though it will likely be dismissed at the hearing in federal court in Baltimore.

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